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The Fall of Berlin 1945
The Fall of Berlin 1945
By Antony Beevor
Viking, 2002, 490 pp

Beevor is one of the finest narrative military historians now writing. Like his previous accounts of the siege of Stalingrad and the Crete campaign in 1941, this is a gripping read, rooted in archival research, weaving together all levels of war, from the strategic to the tactical. There is nothing really new in his discoveries about the ferocity and costliness of the fighting, the horrors of rape, or the madness of the Fuhrer in his bunker. But the tale lies in the telling, and there are none better.